The Ultimate Dog Lover….Great Gift

There's a new book that I've been reading, The Ultimate Dog Lover, written by Dr. Marty Becker et al. The book is a collection of...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Dec 10th 2008


There’s a new book that I’ve been reading, The Ultimate Dog Lover, written by Dr. Marty Becker et al. The book is a collection of stories about dogs and their humans, the tales all written by dog lovers and hand chosen to be part of this incredible book.

The book covers the gamut; heroic dogs, therapy dogs, the bond between dogs and humans, and my favorite, unconditional love.

About the Author
Marty Becker, D.V.M., is passionate about his work fostering the affection and connection between animals and people that he calls, “The Bond.” Dr. Becker is regularly featured on ABC-TV’s, Good Morning America.

He is a contributing pet-care writer for Parade magazine, and frequent veterinary contributor to The Martha Stewart Show. He also co-writes the award-winning weekly column on pets and their care, PetConnection, which appears in newspapers across the United States and Canada through the Universal Press Syndicate.

Becker is also the host of “The Pet Doctor” on PBS. He has been named Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year for the U.S. by the Delta Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and also coauthored fourteen pet books that have sold over six million copies including Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, bowWOW and The New York Times bestseller Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?

Marty and his family enjoy life in Northern Idaho and share Almost Heaven Ranch with four barn cats, three dogs, and four Quarter Horses.

The last part of the book has a must-know info section that’s terrific. It has expert advice on behavior and training, health issues, preventative care, as well as fun things like how to shoot your dog…photograph, that is. Throughout the book there are gorgeous color photographs from top professional photographer Troy Snow.

The photograph pictured is by Troy Snow, and one of my favorites in the book. You can view more of the books photo’s on his flickr page, go check it out, they’re great. He’s the one responsible for the “Shoot Your Dog-With a Camera, of Course!” chapter, it has great tips on how to take the perfect photo.

So, how do you take a great picture of your dog? Here’s a few tips from Troy Snow:

Get Outside: Taking pictures outside gives your pet a more natural, healthy look.

Get Close: If you want a good picture, you need to get on the same plane as your pet.

Watch the Background: Think neutral — a plain wall, not a cluttered cabinet, or a barn door, not a tool shed. Think contrast, but not too much — a lighter background for a dark animal, darker for a light pet.

Be Patient: If you pet does something cute and you miss it, don’t despair.

Keep Taking Pictures: Just as with children, people tend to take pictures of new puppies or kitties, then put the camera away.

Get Help: Children make the best photographer’s assistants.

Be Creative: If you want to capture your dog kissing your child, do what the pros do: put a little butter on your child’s cheek, and let the dog lick it off.

Have Fun with the Software:The camera’s just the first step to a great picture.

Stop by How To Photograph Your Pets to read the full article and get all the great how-to’s. The Ultimate Dog Lover with expert advice, wonderful stories, and must-know information for any dog owner really is the ultimate book.